Final: Yankees 10, Red Sox 8: Soriano gets Salty swinging on a nice slider in the dirt, Gomez to fly out to center and Aviles looking on an outside cutter.
Ballgame over. Yankees take the series-opener behind 4 RBIs by Mark Teixiera, including that 2-run triple in the seventh off Padilla that gave the Yankees the lead.
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Top 9th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 8: Melancon holds the deficit at two runs. Tex bounces out to second, and both Swisher and Ibanez go down swinging.
Three more outs for the Sox. Salty, Gomez and Aviles due up.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 8: The Sox threatened, but came up empty. Against Robertson, Nava flew out to left and Kalish went down looking. Ortiz then hit an opposite-field single and Ross walked on four straight pitches, but closer Rafael Soriano entered and got Gonzalez to ground out to first. Gonzalez is now 0 for 9 lifetime against Soriano.
Three more outs remain for the Sox.
Top 8th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 8: Solid inning for Melancon against his former team: Jeter weakly grounds out to first, Granderson flies out to left and, after A-Rod reached on a flare single, Cano grounded out to short.
Time to sing.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 8: Cody Ross absolutely demolished a Boone Logan offering over the Monster to lead off the inning and trim the deficit. After a Gonzalez single and a Salty strikeout, manager Joe Girardi brought in righty Cody Eppley. Gomez then singled, and Jeter made a great play ranging to his right to nail Gonzalez at third.
David Robertson came on in relief, and gets Punto swinging on a 93-mph fastball.
Melancon on to pitch for the Sox.
Top 7th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 7: Mark Teixiera and Vicente Padilla have a history, one marked by a few hit-by-pitches and some angry words. This time around, Teixiera got the best of his former teammate with a 2-run triple into the triangle, scoring Granderson, who got walked by Miller, and Rodriguez, who singled off Miller. That was Tex's second triple since 2009.
Entering the inning, Padilla was 1 for 19 in allowing inherited runners to score. He struck out Swisher looking, but Ibanez doubled into right to push the lead.
Scott Atchison came on, and promptly gave up an RBI single to Chavez before striking out Martin looking.
Time to stretch, and see if the Sox can respond again.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6: After two flyouts by Nava and Kalish, Kuroda is lifted in favor of the lefty Boone Logan to face Ortiz, who gets Papi to ground out to second.
Kuroda's line: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB (intentional), 3 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 112 pitches, 70 strikes.
Andrew Miller on for the Sox with Granderson, Rodriguez and Cano due up.
Top 6th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6: Great throw by Nava guns out Chavez, who was trying to stretch a single off the wall. Martin walked on four straight pitches, but Albers induced a weak double-play grounder from Jeter to end things.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6: Mauro Gomez comes up big for the Sox, singling in Gonzalez to give the Sox their first lead of the night and his first major-league RBI. Gomez struck out on a slider in his last at bat, but hammered the same pitch this time around. Aviles popped out to second and Punto harmlessly bounced out to first, but the Sox have a lead.
Albers on for the 6th. It's the bullpen's game now.
Beckett's line: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 90 pitches, 49 strikes.
Top 5th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 6: Great -- and gutsy -- defense by Punto bails out Beckett. With runners on second and third after Rodriguez singled, Teixeira walked and they executed a double steal, Swisher swung at a 3-0 pitch and bounced a deep grounder to Punto at second. Punto made a nice throw to gun out A-Rod at the plate. Ibanez then flew out to deep center to end the inning.
Through 5 innings, Beckett is at 90 pitches. Matt Albers was warming up during that frame.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 6: Nick Punto has his first extra-base hit since June 13, a double off the Monster in left-center. He advanced to third on a Nava groundout. Kalish softly lined out to Cano at second with the infield in and, after Kuroda intentionally walked Ortiz, Ross harmlessly popped out in foul ground to third.
Top 4th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 6: Beckett again faces the minimum. Jeter singled, but got doubled off at first on a Granderson lineout to Aviles, who was perfectly placed up the middle on the shift.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 6, Red Sox 6: And suddenly things have gotten crisp at Fenway. Salty grounds out to short, and both Gomez and Aviles strike out swinging. Nothing doing in the third for either team.
Top 3rd: Yankees 6, Red Sox 6: This is new. Beckett strikes out the side, and has now fanned four straight. Swisher goes down swinging and both Ibanez and Chavez go down looking.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 6, Red Sox 6: There seems to be a pattern here. Nava reached on a hit-by pitch, moved to second on a Kalish single and scored when Ortiz singled off the Monster. But Ortiz hesitated rounding first and got thrown out easily at second. After that, the Sox stranded Kalish at third. Ross flew out to left and Gonzalez sharply lined out to center.
Top 2nd: Yankees 6, Red Sox 5: Some progress for Beckett after he got Jeter to fly out to right to lead off the inning turned when Granderson hit a triple into the right-center gap. A-Rod scored him on a groundout to short. Cano hit a ground-rule double but got stranded when Teixeira struck out looking.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 5, Red Sox 5: New game, folks.
Kuroda entered with a 1.65 ERA in his past seven starts, and promptly burned a five-run lead as the Sox countered by also sending nine men to the plate.
Nava led off with a double and, after advancing to third on a wild pitch, scored on a Kalish sacrifice fly. Ortiz then singled, advanced to second when Ross reached on a throwing error, and was driven home by a Gonzalez double off the Monster. Saltalamacchia tied things up by crushing an 0-1 pitch into the rightfield seats, his 17th homer of the season, a new career-high.
A side note: That first inning took 42 minutes, so we're on pace for over 6 hours here.
Top 1st: Yankees 5, Red Sox 0: In 34 innings against the Yankees last season, Josh Beckett allowed just seven earned runs. He nearly got there in the first inning Friday night.
Jeter singled on the first pitch, Granderson yanked a 3-1 fastball to right and Rodriguez got hit to load the bases. Trying to pepper the outside corner against Cano, Beckett wound up walking in a run. Teixeira ripped a two-run single into right-center and Swisher hit a sacrifice fly to right. Ibanez singled on a hit-and-run, moving Texiera to third, and Chavez sacrificed to centerfield. Only a groundout to the slumping Russell Martin halted the bleeding.
Even more troubling? Beckett has thrown 33 pitches, just 15 for strikes.
Pregame: A four-game series between the Sox and Yankees begins tonight at Fenway. Hiroki Kuroda (8-7, 3.17 ERA) takes the mound for the Yankees, while Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.06 ERA) will try to get things back on track for Boston after the Sox went 2-5 on their West Coast road trip.
Before the game, the Sox held a ceremony to celebrate Ortiz's 400th career homer. Mayor Thomas Menino and others gathered in front of the pitcher's mound to honor Papi.
We've got plenty of pregame post on Extra Bases for you, and Internin' Alex Prewitt has your in-game live blog. Comment away and enjoy the game.